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Greg Dyke, he say:
We intend to allow parts of our programmes, where we own the rights, to be available to anyone in the UK to download so long as they don't use them for commercial purposes.

Under a simple licensing system, we will allow users to adapt BBC content for their own use.

We are calling this the BBC Creative Archive.

Can I get a hell yeah?

As has been pointed out elsewhere, this is exactly what the BBC should be doing. We've already paid for all this stuff - it should be available to us, and with the internet reducing distribution costs to a negligible amount, it can be available to us. It's nice that to see the very qualities of life online that the commercial world is so terrified of being applied to a public-service model on this scale. This is going to be an incredibly useful resource.

Well, unless they put it all in RealMedia format, anyway.

In any case, I'm going to go and say nice things about the BBC now. I'm sure the timing of the review is entirely coincidental.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, but how much can they make available? Aren't there issues about actors and repeat payments? What about the whole Terry Nation and Sr Who/B7 thing? Will that be repeated on a grander scale? It's a brilliant idea but it might be let down by realism.
It's a brilliant idea but it might be let down by realism.

It might. But let me dream for a few hours before crushing me with realism, ok? :)
*puts his boots of crushing reality away*

Hooray! A new Golden Age approaches!
...that you stole my lines, coz that's exactly wot I thought when I saw this first reported via LJ. Having read about what happened over 'Earthsearch' on u.p.s.f, this has 'disaster waiting to happen' writ large all over it...
You're all so depressingly cynical. :-p

(Also: upsf?)
The trouble being that the BBC don't actually retain the rights to very much interesting stuff. There will be old news archives and stuff like that - but I wouldn't expect much in the way of drama, and definately not genre........

I wonder how it would work in terms of repeat fees.....
As everyone else points out, the issue of repeat fees is why the things don't get screened on telly anymore - never mind being freely downloadable over the internet in perpetuity.

In addition, I'd a little rider to the effect that 'we' (that is, the license-paying people amongst whom I am no longer numbered) have already paid for the production and televisual broadcast of these shows. Not for alternative means of distribution, which is how video and DVD releases are justified as things for which the public are charged.

Note how he doesn't say it's going to be free - and the rider about 'no commercial use' applies to every other form of consumer media, too, so it's a case of so far, so VHS.

Especially if it's all in RealMedia.

*shudder*
the issue of repeat fees is why the things don't get screened on telly anymore

OK, so how come they can provide big chunks of their radio output in archived form?

Not for alternative means of distribution

Well, it sounds like there'll be a central vault that you pay for access to. I don't have a problem with that, as long as the charges aren't exorbitant.

and the rider about 'no commercial use' applies to every other form of consumer media, too

Yeah, but it's kinda hard to do remixes using VHS. Much easier with digital media.